White Duck Tale

I was walking a garden path toward the main pond at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 28 April when I spotted this white duck with its ordinary duck companions. I hung around getting a series of photos, it was such a pretty and interesting bird. So this is a little story of the white duck, although I got the feeling it was a reluctant subject. New Zealand.

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Big feet (long nails).

Best foot forward.

Me first!

The rest of you just follow.

Dynamic duo.

Actually, I just want some peace and quiet.

You dare defy me? .. I’ll teach you!

Dithering duck. Dapper.

Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2021)

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  1. This made me smile: “white duck with its ordinary duck companions.” Around here, it’s the white duck that’s considered quite ordinary and hardly worthy of comment. It looks like yours might be a Pekin, a domesticated duck derived from the mallard, and brought to the United States from China in the nineteenth century; their mallard heritage probably helps to explain why they enjoy hanging out with wild mallards when they can.

    A friend has several of them on her little acreage, and they’re given to following us around when we go out to pick veggies. Another friend had two of them as pets when he was young. When they moved to Houston from the country, they dug a pond for the ducks in their back yard. Of course the pair was named Daisy and Donald. They’d follow him to school every day, then fly home. At the end of the day, they’d be at the schoolhouse door to meet him and follow him home. From his telling, some of the neighbors thought they were nuts, but no one complained.

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    1. Ha! it led me a merry chase and then took all its annoyance out on that other poor duck – talk about a vicious fight! It was worth hanging around though, to get the pics πŸ™‚

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